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2020 Atlantic City Mayoral CandidateJames "Jimmy" Whitehead

Integrity driven leadership, with a comprehensive plan to change Atlantic City’s economic paradigm from casinos to America’s first RX5 Cyber Triangle.

U.S. Navy Reservists at Washington, D.C. Bolling Air Force Base
Honorably discharged from U.S. Navy & worked for the anti-trust litigation law firm of Howrey and Simon, while continuing to participate several additional years as a U.S. Navy Reservists at Washington, D.C. Bolling Air Force Base.
1978
Domestic and international business development
Between 1979 and 1984 Mr. Whitehead served in numerous U.S. House of Representatives and Senior Executive Service (SES) White House Appointments, with a primary focus on domestic and international business development, as well as Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Congressional advocacy initiatives. Mr. Whitehead managed a variety of legislative and administrative activities for United States Congressman Frank Guarini (NJ-D) Jack Kemp (NY-R), Senator Phil Gramm (TX-R) and Senator John W. Warner (VA-R).
1979
Served under President Ronald Reagan
During 1981 through 1983 Mr. Whitehead served in various White House Schedule C and SES appointments for President Ronald Reagan as Special Assistant to the ACTION Agency Director Donna Alvarado at the nation’s premier agency for civic engagement and volunteerism
1983
U.S. Department of Energy Office of International Affairs Schedule C Appointee
From 1984 through 1989 Mr. Whitehead was served as a U.S. Department of Energy Office of International Affairs Schedule C appointee coordinating high level energy officials and diplomatic meetings and forums.
1989
United States-South Africa Academy for Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD)
Prior to Mr. Whitehead’s White House political appointments, and in support of United States and South Africa’s 1988-1990 anti-apartheid initiatives, Mr. Whitehead worked behind the scene with Bateman Engineering Company President John Herschelman, Thabo Mbeki, President F. W. DeKlerk, Zulu King Mangosuthu Buthelezi and respected Senior ANC leaders, to form the first every United States-South Africa Academy for Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) workforce training initiative.
1990
Director of the Republican National Committee’s Small Business Council
Mr. Whitehead served as te Director of the Republican National Committee’s Small Business Council reporting to Chairman Lee Atwater, where he managed the RNC’s national small business outreach program. Mr. Whitehead would coordinate and manage the RNC’s small business membership fundraising campaigns and build state small business coalitions to support President Bush’s small business legislative agendas. While at the RNC, one of Mr. Whitehead’s proudest accomplishments was organizing the philanthropic endeavors in support of the Washington, D.C. Boarder Babies Project, which were infants born addicted to crack cocaine and abandoned at DC General Hospital.
1991
Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Minority Economic Impact
Served as an SES appointee in President George H. W. Bush Administration as Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Minority Economic Impact, Mr. Whitehead directed and managed Secretary Admiral James Watkins $250 million-dollar Minority Banking Program to support the White House Rebuild LA disaster recovery after the 1992 riots. These funds were provided from the U.S. DOE Petroleum Violation Escrow Account and were not taxpayers’ dollars.
1990
Director of Government Relations and Marketing for Stephens Engineering
Severed as Director of Government Relations and Marketing for Stephens Engineering. Mr. Stephens launched Stephens Engineering technology company with $100 dollars and grew it into $25 million in annual revenues and a $100 million contract backlog within five years.
1997
Royal Initiative to Combat Aids in South Africa Development Countries (SADC)
In 2002 in support of his international humanitarian community service fundraiser, and under the leadership of His Majesty King Mswati, III and Atlantic City Sands Casino Resort President Alfred Luciani, Mr. Whitehead organized the launch of the Royal Initiative to Combat Aids in South Africa Development Countries (SADC). At this extraordinary event iconic production and recording artist Isaac Hayes performed, and His Majesty presented Sands Casino President Luciano with the royal shield and spear, which is the highest honor that can be presented to an individual. Mr. Whitehead continues his relationships focused on humanitarian and RX5 Cybersecurity workforce training programs in the USA, U.S. Virgin Islands, Angola, the Sultanate of Oman, Portugal, Israel, and SADC.
2002
Founding of LandMatters LLC www.landmattersdc.com
As serial entrepreneur, from 1998 through the current date Mr. Whitehead established several small business enterprise in the areas of real estate development company, technology, and multicultural beauty products. His 2010 entrepreneurial endeavors led to Mr. Whitehead, Sugar Ray Leonard and Julius Ervin founding of LandMatters LLC www.landmattersdc.com, as a Veteran owned and operated Construction Management MBE. LandMatters provided community outreach and construction management services towards the Cordish Development Company’s Maryland Live Casino, and community and government relations services towards successful RedBrick LMD’s $1.5B Washington, D.C. St. Elizabeth East Development projects, which is currently the largest urban development project being built in the Nation’s Capital.
2010
Sandy hurricane disaster recovery volunteer endeavors
As a Democrat in 2012 Mr. Whitehead supported First Lady Mary Pat Christie post-Sandy hurricane disaster recovery volunteer endeavors in Atlantic City, NJ organizing bi-partisan Public Private Partnerships (P3) philanthropy which help provide homeless families access to emergency shelter, food, water, and clothes. Thereafter in 2013 supporting the need for Atlantic City resilient economic development, Mr. Whitehead was the Campaign Manager for Democratic Mayoral candidate Charles Garrett, and in 2017 Mr. Whitehead campaigned for the Atlantic City Democratic Mayoral Candidate focused on creating America’s first RX5 Cyber Triangle and create 5,000 to 10,000 new RX5 Cybersecurity Jobs in Atlantic City.
2012
Opportunity Zones Black Capitalism Fund
December 2018, received a high level government call requesting he organize and lead a bi-partisan Opportunity Zones Black Capitalism Fund and use it to leverage capital towards resilient disaster recovery restoration, particularly in economic distressed devastated communities. Over the past 2 ½ years since the Irma-Maria, Mr. Whitehead and his U.S.-HART Associates have organized several successful U.S.-HART and OZBCF Summits primarily focused on bringing greater awareness to the U.S. Virgin Islands community impactful recovery, with the extraordinary Opportunity Zones support from one of its authors South Carolina Senator Tim Scott (R), Majority Whip Congressman James Clyburn (D), Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D), and U.S. Virgin Islands Senator Marvin Blyden (D), NGOs Enterprise Community Partners, the Urban Land Institute, and Faith and Opportunity Initiative non-profits.
2018
Jimmy Whitehead Power Hour Community Talk Radio Show
In 2019 Mr. Whitehead launched the Jimmy Whitehead Power Hour Community Talk Radio Show, on local minority owned and operated WEHA 88.7 FM Gospel Station, as a platform to better inform the Atlantic City community about current events, youth cybersecurity education programs, and the critical importance of the grassroots “power of the VOTE” (please see: www.jimmywhiteheadpowerhour.com).
2019

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